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Effects of the Prestige oil spill on the biota of NW Spain: 5 years of learning
Penela-Arenaz, M.; Bellas, J.; Vázquez, E. (2009). Effects of the Prestige oil spill on the biota of NW Spain: 5 years of learning, in: Sims, D.W. (Ed.) Adv. Mar. Biol. 56. Advances in Marine Biology, 56: pp. 365–396. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0065-2881(09)56005-1
In: Sims, D.W. (Ed.) (2009). Adv. Mar. Biol. 56. Advances in Marine Biology, 56. Academic Press: London. ISBN 978-0-12-374960-4. XVI, 408 pp., more
In: Advances in Marine Biology. Academic Press: London, New York. ISSN 0065-2881; e-ISSN 2162-5875, more
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Keywords
    Environmental effects
    Pollution > Oil pollution
    ANE, Spain, Galicia [Marine Regions]
    Marine
Author keywords
    Prestige oil spill; Ecological impact; Marine ecosystem; IUCN red list

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  • Penela-Arenaz, M.
  • Bellas, J.
  • Vázquez, E.

Abstract
    On 19 November 2002, the oil tanker Prestige broke into two and sank in the Atlantic Ocean 260 km off the north-western coast of Spain, releasing about 63,000 tonnes of Bunker C oil. The accident represented one of the largest environmental catastrophes in the history of European navigation. More than 1000 km of coastline and a huge variety of habitats were affected, ranging from supralittoral, intertidal and sublittoral levels to oceanic and bathyal environments. In this chapter, we review published results regarding the impact of the Prestige oil spill on marine organisms, at levels of biological organisation ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem. Although some research is still in progress, all results indicate a strong initial impact during the first year after the spill, mainly on intertidal communities and fishing resources, with recovery by 2004.

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